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Survey Reveals Businesses are ‘All in’ on Wireless WAN

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Survey Reveals Businesses are ‘All in’ on Wireless WAN

New report finds 78% of companies use or plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity; 82% believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds within the next year

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, today released findings from its annual State of Wireless WAN Report, compiled by IDG. The results confirm that the era of Wireless WAN has firmly arrived and is the critical infrastructure in driving innovation, including playing a role in business recovery from the pandemic. The survey findings demonstrate confidence and excitement for 5G, pointing to increasing adoption in the coming year.

“Having a secure, flexible, and reliable WAN edge is more critical to business success than ever,” says Donna Johnson, Vice President of Product and Solution Marketing at Cradlepoint. “As organizations look to adapt to a new normal and get back to business, Wireless WAN solutions uniquely enable network agility while enhancing security and scale.”

Traditional wired WANs are complex, slow to adapt, and applicable to only fixed locations. As businesses reinvent the way they serve their customers, they are increasingly turning to Wireless WAN technology to connect people, places, and things anywhere. Key findings from the report include:

Wireless WAN’s Rise to Dominance

The agility required by pandemic-hastened business transformation and the growing number of connected devices are the top reasons businesses are turning to Wireless WAN solutions.

Bandwidth is another significant factor in the increased use of Wireless WAN links. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said bandwidth is a reason for adopting broadband, and 49% said it was a reason for choosing LTE. Today’s cellular networks are approaching fiber-fast speeds and provide rapid deployment capabilities that are unparalleled.

LTE Enables Business Agility

As businesses scramble to create new services and find new ways to engage and serve their customers, WAN flexibility is essential. Fifty-one percent cited the flexibility of LTE to enable new services as a top reason for turning to Wireless WAN solutions.

Seventy-eight percent of companies surveyed either use or plan to use LTE to provide WAN or internet connectivity to at least some locations, but the use of LTE is also expanding beyond just the branch. Fifty-three percent of companies are using it to connect in-vehicle networks, and 77% are connecting IoT devices. Additionally, 40% of respondents are using LTE to connect fixed locations, vehicles, and IoT, making LTE the top choice for connecting people, places, and things across the rapidly expanding WAN edge. This metric helps explain why 62% of enterprises plan to increase their use of LTE in the next three years.

5G: Ready to Takeoff

IT decision-makers believe in the promise of 5G, with 67% either confident or very confident 5G will deliver business benefits within the next year. Eighty-two percent believe 5G will deliver increased WAN speeds within the next year, and 66% think it will provide improved reliability.

Cradlepoint provides enterprise and government organizations with a clear pathway to 5G and has delivered the world’s first and most comprehensive 5G WAN edge solution for business. 5G solutions are available through Telstra in Australia, with additional carrier partners and markets to be announced later in 2020.

“It’s no secret that the ongoing pandemic has forced businesses to be more innovative and creative than ever, and Wireless WAN has proven to be a critical enabler,” Johnson says. “With the emergence of 5G bringing faster speeds and smarter cellular networks, the ascension of Wireless WAN as critical infrastructure is inevitable.”

View the full State of Wireless WAN Report 2020 here.

Source: Cradlepoint

The M2M World Alliance unveils solution for Global adoption of M2M communications

17 December 2013, London – The M2M World Alliance, which is comprised of Etisalat, KPN, NTT DOCOMO, Rogers, SingTel, Telefonica, Telstra and VimpelCom, today officially unveiled its solution which aims to simplify and promote the adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications worldwide.

The unique solution will leverage the operators’ combined global presence to the benefit of customers who are looking for a regional or global M2M deployment. It allows companies to enjoy connectivity throughout the Alliance coverage area with in-market rates. Additional benefits include easier compliance with local market regulations and the potential for multinationals to provide global technical support from a single market.

The name ‘M2M World Alliance’ has recently been created to identify the group’s coordinated operations. Its multi-coloured logo represents the Alliance’s aspiration to coordinate the delivery of M2M services globally.

“We believe that our unique and seamless solution will drive rapid growth in the adoption of M2M communications worldwide by giving our customers the ability to operate connected devices globally at a reduced cost,” said Angel David Garcia Barrio, Chairman of the M2M World Alliance. “With operations in more than 60 countries, the Alliance’s global footprint presents multinational organizations with a seamless approach to deploying connected devices in multiple countries at one time.”

M2M communications are used when machines – a broad term for equipment used in all sorts of industries, including consumer electronics, utilities, agriculture and construction – connect and exchange information with information technology infrastructure. It is considered by many as the latest stage in the internet’s evolution: when cyberspace reaches beyond the traditional confines of computers to connect to any device with a microprocessor.

Major growth areas identified by the M2M World Alliance for its global solution include connected cars, fleet management, smart meters, consumer electronics, game consoles, wearable electronics, telehealth and security solutions.

“The solution, articulated through the Alliance members, will offer the best services support, more optimized processes and a more contrasted experience. We are totally convinced, this innovative solution, will raise the interest of a considerable number of customers through a plethora of sectors.” Said Carlos Morales, Telefónica Global M2M Managing Director.

Global M2M connections will grow from approximately two billion today to reach 18 billion in 2022, according to a study by Machina Research, a London-based consulting firm focused on emerging opportunities with new forms of connected device.

Details of the Alliance’s products and coverage areas can be found on its new website, www.m2mworldalliance.com.

Telstra claims world first on LTE broadcast

Telstra, Australia’s biggest operator, says it has completed the world’s first LTE broadcast session on a commercial LTE network. Using kit from Ericsson, the demonstration included live video feeds (sport) and devices receiving a large file using a single LTE broadcast channel.

By streaming the same content to multiple devices at the same time – similar to a TV broadcast – it is claimed that mobile operators can make more efficient use of network capacity than transferring multiple data streams separately.

“The trial is an important step in testing this technology to see how it provides network efficiencies while providing consumers the content they want in a high-quality experience,” said Mark Wright, Telstra’s executive director of networks. “Our goal is to ensure consumers can get the content they are looking for easily and to explore the wider benefits that might be obtained using broadcasting technology.”

Thomas Noren, Ericsson’s VP and head of project area radio, argued that LTE broadcast gives mobile operators the chance to monetise their media and network assets for new services. “Revenue generation and cost-saving opportunities are significant and provide an attractive value proposition for mobile operators,” he said

Qualcomm Labs’ LTE broadcast SDK and middleware running on Snapdragon processors was also used in the trial.

Other large operators are showing keen interest in LTE broadcast technology. AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference last month, indicated that 700MHz spectrum bought from Qualcomm two years ago would be used for LTE-based TV broadcasting and so ease traffic congestion on its cellular network.

Verizon Wireless, however, is expected to be the first in the US to deploy LTE broadcast, using next year’s Super Bowl as the launch event.

Ericsson’s Mobility Report 2013 predicts that video traffic in mobile networks will grow by around 60 per cent annually until 2018, driving demand for LTE broadcast services.

Source: Ken Wieland MWC